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  • Guilty verdict in peanut trial should send warning

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to anyone who may be tempted to place profits over people's welfare. More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive in the company that owned...

  • RI event to highlight prevention of elderly falls

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Health officials are highlighting the risks of falls by older adults and ways they can be prevented. The Rhode Island Falls Injury Prevention Coalition is holding an event Monday at the Statehouse as a kick-off to Falls Prevention Week. It's called "Strong Today, Falls Free Today." Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts will be...

  • Sierra Leone complies with Ebola lockdown

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Officials say thousands of health care workers successfully fanned out across Sierra Leone on the first day of an unprecedented three-day anti-Ebola lockdown despite some logistical blunders. Stephen Gauja, coordinator of an emergency operations center in the capital, said Saturday that no violence occurred and...

  • State official encourages vaccinations against flu

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top health official says it's time to get vaccinated for the flu and to encourage others to do the same. The flu season usually starts in October, and state Health Services Director Will Humble says steps now underway include monitoring reported cases and distributing distribution of vaccines. He says officials also...

  • Foreign fighters, Ebola top Obama's UN agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will call on fellow world leaders next week to back a United Nations resolution calling on nations to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as the United States seeks to build legitimacy for its military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the White House said...

  • Hawaii public hospitals cut while hurting for cash

    HONOLULU (AP) — Public hospitals across Hawaii are finding ways to reduce staff and cut services because they don't have enough money to make ends meet. Executives from the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation told lawmakers Friday that even after layoffs they are facing a $30 million deficit in 2015. One hospital on Maui chose to close its...

  • 700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday. The employee, who worked in the nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital, tested positive on Aug. 25 and was placed on leave, but she may...

  • For victims, settlement marks a step in recovery

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maria Lennon said she felt some relief when she heard the news Friday afternoon: A judge had finalized a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations. Lennon had visited that gynecologist,...

  • 3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday and faces prison time in a rare food-poisoning trial that advocates said sends a stern warning to others who may be tempted to place profits over...

  • Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages. In a desperate effort to bring the outbreak under control, thousands of health care...

  • DHH: 1 new death among 11 new West Nile infections

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State health officials report 11 new cases of West Nile virus, including one new death in Louisiana that brings the total number so far to five. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday the new infections increase this year's total to 103. Of the new cases, seven were the more serious neuroinvasive disease....

  • Tigers' Avila remains sidelined with dizziness

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tigers catcher Alex Avila remained sidelined by concussion-like symptoms Friday, and manager Brad Ausmus was uncertain when the veteran backstop will be able to return to the lineup. Rookie catcher James McCann started in Avila's place as Detroit began a crucial three-game series against the Royals, who were a half-game...

  • 29 interested in growing Minnesota medical pot

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday it has received 29 letters of intent from people interested in growing medical marijuana, the first official step in selecting medical cannabis manufacturers under the state's new program. Friday was the deadline for companies to submit a letter of intent. Applications are...

  • Massachusetts wins $400K prescription drug grant

    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to help combat prescription drug abuse. Gov. Deval Patrick, who has declared opioid abuse a public health emergency, said Friday that the grant will help improve the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which tracks the prescribing...

  • Virus tally nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country's health ministry said Friday. The virus was transmitted to the newborns by their mothers, who had the illness when they gave...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed more than 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited potential for growth and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the...

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